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Lincoln: A Novel

Gore Vidal

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ISBN 10: 0394528956 / ISBN 13: 9780394528953
Published by Random House Inc, New York, 1984
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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1984 Near Fine Book, Near Fine unclipped jacket, Stated Random House First Edition, Full Random House number line 2,4,6,8,9,7,5,3, 657 pages, brown cloth boards with gold lettering on front and spine, dust jacket is creamy yellow with red, black and brown lettering on front and spine, picture of Gore Vidal on inside rear jacket cover, 6/84 on inside rear jacket cover, book is tight, there are no internal markings, pages are clean, a very nice First edition-Collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 000094

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Title: Lincoln: A Novel

Publisher: Random House Inc, New York

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Vidal, Gore, Lincoln

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Lincoln is a masterwork of historical fiction, in which Gore Vidal combines a comprehensive knowledge of Civil War America with 20th-century literary technique, probing the minds and motives of the men surrounding Abraham Lincoln, including personal secretary John Hay and scheming cabinet members William Seward and Salmon P. Chase, as well as his wife, Mary Todd. It is a book monumental in scope that never loses sight of the intimate and personal in its depiction of the power struggles that accompanied Lincoln's efforts to preserve the Union at all costs--efforts in which the eradication of slavery was far from the president's main objective. As usual, there's plenty of room for Vidal's wickedly humorous deflation of American icons, including a comic interlude in a Washington bordello in which Lincoln's former law partner informs Hay that Lincoln had contracted syphilis as a young man and had, just before marrying Mary Todd, suffered what can only be described as a nervous breakdown. (Protestors should note that Vidal is only passing along what that former partner had written in his own biography of Lincoln.) Don't be intimidated by the size of Lincoln; if you like historical fiction, you should read this book at the first opportunity. --Ron Hogan

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